Monday, August 27, 2007

Something funny about legal work agreements

I've noticed something funny about many of the legal work agreements
I see between contractor and contractee: they're really confusing and
unclear. The whole purpose of writing down an agreement is to clarify
things, but some of the agreements I see obviously have not been
proof-read carefully.

In some cases, it's clear that someone cut-and-paste info from one
source into the contract. On the face, that might be perfectly fine.
But it becomes obvious that that's what happened because other
irrelevant details work their way into the agreement. Or section
headings will show up, mis-formatted and stuck together with the main
paragraph.

I guess it happens because people are in a huge rush to get the
agreement in place. Ultimately, as the person who actually does the
work, I have to make a guess about what was intended. Usually, I get
better guesses by actually talking to the people involved rather than
by reading what they wrote (or cut-and-pasted, as the case may be).

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